Aging Successfully: Putting Yourself in the Driver's Seat

Winter 2021 – Wednesday Series – 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Living Long and Living Well: Geroscience and Optimal Aging

Dr Parminder Raina
Parminder Raina
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021

Why do some age in a healthy fashion, while others do not? As Principal Lead Investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, which began in 2010, Dr. Parminder Raina and his team are following more than 50,000 Canadians from the age of 45 onward, assessing multiple indicators to determine what enables one to not only live long, but live well. What are the early findings of new knowledge on interrelated biological, clinical, psychosocial, and societal factors that influence disease, health, and well-being? How can we start to put ourselves in the driver’s seat as we grow older?

Parminder Raina is a Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University. He specializes in the epidemiology of aging with emphasis on developing the interdisciplinary field of geroscience. He holds the inaugural Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Optimal Aging and is the Scientific Director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging. He has published extensively in high impact journals throughout his career.

Learning from the Longest Lived: The “Blue Zones” Story

Nick Buettner

Nick Buettner
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner teamed with National Geographic, the National Institutes on Aging and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better, longer. In these “blue zones”, they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States. What lifestyle characteristics might explain this unusual longevity? Scientists have found that the lifestyles of all blue zones area residents shared nine specific characteristics. This talk will not only unpack “the Power 9®”, but also share how these findings have been applied in Blue Zones Project communities across North America.

Nick Buettner is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Blue Zones Project in all of the Blue Zones communities and corporate sites. He is a national speaker and original Blue Zones expedition member. Over the last 20 years, Nick has collected real data and countless anecdotes, leading 17 expeditions over 6 continents around the world.

Aging: Fact and Fancy

Grey haired man stands against a wall that contains a picture of the periodic table of elements
Joe Schwarcz
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

Everybody wants to live long, but nobody wants to get old. Can science solve this conundrum? What are we to make of claims which suggest that the secret of longevity lies in human growth hormone injections, or some dietary supplement? Can testosterone or estrogen keep us young? Can we live longer just by eating less? Are antioxidants like beta carotene or vitamin E the key to happy golden years? This talk will examine the science behind these issues, and help you separate sense from nonsense.

Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society and the recipient of numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. “Dr Joe” has hosted a radio show on science for forty years, and is the author of eighteen best-sellers. Professor Schwarcz is also an amateur magician and often spices up his presentations with a little magic.

Aging in Place: Exploring the Role of Place as We Age

Nicole Dalmer
Nicole Dalmer
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021

How does place impact how we age? What do we mean by “aging in place”? This talk will examine the impact of place on experiences of aging. In addition to taking a look at the underlying assumptions of “aging in place”, we will investigate how our understandings of place can influence social connectedness and how technological innovation is shaping our sense of place today.

Nicole Dalmer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University. She recently completed her doctorate in Library and Information Science at The University of Western Ontario. As an interdisciplinary social gerontologist, Nicole studies the capacities of technologies to foster or complicate social connectedness amongst older adults. She is also currently exploring representations of older adults in comics.


Successful Aging: The Power and Potential of our Lives

Daniel Levitin
Daniel Levitin
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

What happens to our brains as we age? Why should we think about health span, not life span? These questions are central to Levitin’s latest book, Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of our Lives (2020). This talk will draw on neuro-scientific and evidence and individual differences psychology to unpack what you can do now to make the most of your seventies, eighties, and nineties, no matter how old you are today.

Daniel J. Levitin is an award-winning neuroscientist, musician, and best-selling author of This is Your Brain on Music (2006) and The Organized Mind (2014). He is James McGill Professor Emeritus of Psychology at McGill University and Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at Minerva Schools at KGI. His research encompasses music, the brain, health, productivity and creativity.

How to Buy Tickets

The lectures will be delivered to you using Zoom technology. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone with speakers, reliable access to the internet and an email address. Technical support will be provided.

Tickets for the entire 5-week series can be purchased for $59 (plus HST). Tickets to individual lectures will not be available.


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